WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Jerel Scholl, new pastor of St. Paulinus Parish in Syracuse and Holy Trinity in Avoca, will lead a weekend retreat open to men and women Sept. 4-6 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly.
The retreat topic is “Human Disorders: Fear and Anxiety.”
Father Scholl said he recognizes that an important part of the spiritual life is understanding human psychology. To objectively observe human nature is to better understand what it is that tempts one to do wrong, which will therefore help gain control over disordered decisions. Knowledge of what motivates decisions can be a very powerful tool in helping a person to understand who they are and possess peace in their life.
Father Scholl incorporates material from Blessed Fulton Sheen, Father Benedict Groeschel, and Bishop-elect Robert Barron.
Since his ordination in 2001, besides his parish duties, Father Scholl has been teaching high school religion classes, which include the topics of morality, and material from the Catechism. Father Scholl said that in teaching this material, “I have developed a hunger to share such vital and important information to others.”
Father Scholl will teach at Lourdes Central Catholic School in Nebraska City.
Father Scholl said he enjoys giving retreats, because they are a further opportunity to exercise his priestly ministry, and frequently recommends going on retreat, because “they offer people a chance to get more depth with the spiritual life, to get some time alone to better hear God outside of a busy life.”
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House is situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly. The facility includes 50 single rooms, each with a private bath. Each retreat includes meditations by the retreat master, and opportunities for silence, prayer, Adoration and the Sacraments.
Retreats typically begin with a rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on a Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.
The suggested donation for a retreat is $170.
Upcoming retreats for men and women of all ages will be held: Sept. 11-14 (a four-day retreat), a Vietnamese retreat; Sept. 24-27 with Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, the “Work of the Holy Angels”; and Oct. 2-4 with Bishop Emeritus Bruskewitz, “In the Footsteps of St. Junipero Serra.”